Uganda’s Military Chopper Crashes

Kampala-An army helicopter has crashed in northern Uganda injuring three soldiers.
Sources from northern Uganda told The Continent Observer that the helicopter which was on its way back from a mission in Southern Sudan crash-landed at a place called Atiak In Gulu district.
The scene of the crash is about 426 kilometers north of the capital Kampala and few kilometers from the South Sudan border.
Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda the Uganda’s Defense and Military Spokesperson confirmed the crash in an email to The Continent Observer this afternoon.
“There were three people on board. One got injured but he is stable. Crash landing was caused by bad weather”. Ankunda explained that the chopper crash landed on the road.
Ugandan airforce has a history of crashes. Three MI-24 military attack helicopters crashed in Kenya in August 2012 while enroute to Somalia to fight Al-shabaab rebels.
The crash left seven air force servicemen dead and before that an MI-172 Uganda’s presidential chopper carshed killing John Garang the leader of the then leader of the Sudan People’s Army who was on board.
Another military cargo plane crashed in 2009 while enroute to Somalia killing all eleven people on board. The dead included a Burundian army general and two senior army officers and four Russian crewmembers


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